March 5, 2021

Cayman Islands: Easter Weekend Marine/Swimming Safety Tips

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BoatSafety_LargeMarine Safety Tips for Easter Weekend

Ahead of Easter weekend we would like to remind boaters of the precautions that should be taken before heading out on the water.

“Given recent tragic incidents on the water, we want to remind the public of the importance of following all safety guidelines and to be especially vigilant when there is any indication of stormy weather,” says Inspector Leo Anglin, RCIPS Marine Commander. “We’ve also had several incidents involving the excessive consumption of alcohol on the water, resulting in very bad decision-making. We regulate boating practices as much as possible, but the lack of legislation criminalizing boating and drinking hampers real enforcement.”

We encourage boat owners to follow these guidelines before every boat trip.

Boating Safety Tips

· Be sure to check the weather report before venturing out to sea.

Fill out Float Plan and file it with the Port Authority prior to departure; Notify someone of the intended place of departure and return, including approximate times.
Check Vessel for Fuel, Oil and Water Leaks.
Have required safety equipment such as Life Rafts, Life Ring, Mirror, Flares, Flash light and First Aid Kit.
There must be Life Jackets for each person onboard; children in particular should be wearing life jackets for the entire journey.
At least of the following pieces of communication equipment should be on board and in working order for each boating journey:

· VHF Radio

· Cell Phone

· Satellite Phone

· GPS Tracking Device.

Snorkeling and Swimming Safety

Do not go close to the edge of the Iron Shore during rough weather, such as Northwesters or other significant storms, as you can be swept off suddenly by high waves. Rip currents can also quickly pull swimmers underwater. It is advisable not to go snorkeling or swimming when waves are choppy or there is a significant current in the water.



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